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Judi Dench’s Period Spy Thriller ‘Red Joan’ Picked Up by IFC Films

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Judi Dench’s Period Spy Thriller ‘Red Joan’ Picked Up by IFC Films
IFC Films has acquired domestic rights to Judi Dench’s period spy thriller “Red Joan,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. IFC Films is planning to release “Red Joan” theatrically in 2019.

Loosely inspired by the biography of British Kgb agent Melita Norwood, the film had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday and is directed by Trevor Nunn. The film also stars Sophie Cookson. “Red Joan” was written by Lindsay Shapero (“Royal Wives at War”) based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name.

Red Joan” features Dench as Joan Stanley, a retired scientist living in a London suburb who is arrested for crimes committed many years ago. We flash back to 1938, and young Joan (Sophie Cookson) is a new student at Cambridge, where a chance encounter with Sonya (Tereza Srbova), an alluring fellow student, draws her into a circle of politicized
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Judi Dench’s Spy Thriller ‘Red Joan’ Lands at IFC Films (Exclusive)

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IFC Films has scooped up the U.S. rights to Trevor Nunn’s period spy thriller “Red Joan” with Judi Dench and Sophie Cookson, which had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday.

Represented in international markets by Embankment Films, “Red Joan” explores the complex persona and legacy of Joan Stanley, a seemingly demure physicist who was also a long-serving British spy for the Kgb. “Red Joan” was written by Lindsay Shapero (“Royal Wives at War”) based on Jennie Rooney’s best-selling novel of the same name.

Red Joan” stars Dench as Joan Stanley, a retired scientist living in a London suburb who gets arrested by MI5 and accused of providing intelligence to Communist Russia. We flash back to 1938, and young Joan (Cookson) is a new physics student at Cambridge, where she is drawn into a circle of pro-ussr politicized youths and falls for a young communist,
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FX Orders Bob Fosse Limited Series Starring Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams With Lin-Manuel Miranda Producing

  • Variety
FX has ordered a limited series based on the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as the series leads, Variety has learned.

Based on “Fosse,” the biography written by Sam Wasson, the untitled eight-part series tells the story of the romantic and creative partnership between Fosse and Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, while she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. Together they changed the face of American entertainment at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness, and the suffering inflicted in the name of art. Production on the series is slated to begin in the fall with the show set to launch in 2019.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, and George Stelzner will executive produce,
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FX Orders Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon Limited Series Starring Michelle Williams & Sam Rockwell From Lin-Manuel Miranda

  • Deadline
After months of negotiations, FX has given the green light to a an untitled Fosse/Verdon eight-episode limited series starring Oscar winner Sam Rockwell and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams. The high-profile project hails from a trio of Broadway heavyweights, Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail and Dear Evan Hansen‘s Steven Levenson, Fox 21 TV Studios and FX Prods.

Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, the limited series tells the story of the singular romantic and creative partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon. He was a visionary filmmaker and one of theater’s most influential choreographers and directors, she was the greatest Broadway dancer of all time. (you can watch one of their classic dance numbers under the post.) Together they changed the face of American entertainment – at a perilous cost. Featuring Fosse’s choreography, the series explores the hidden corners of show business, the price of pursuing greatness,
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Michelle Williams to Star in Underground Abortion Movie ‘This Is Jane’

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Michelle Williams to Star in Underground Abortion Movie ‘This Is Jane’
Michelle Williams will star in “This Is Jane,” Amazon Studios’ historical drama that follows women who provided abortion services in the years before legalized abortion.

“Boys Don’t Cry” director Kimberly Peirce came on board in 2017 to helm “This Is Jane,” set up at John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. Lesher and Peter Heller are producing.

The project is based on Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” which follows women who provided abortion services in the years before 1973’s Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kaplan, who joined the three-year-old organization Jane in 1971, assembled the histories of the anonymous women who are identified only by pseudonyms.

Williams will play Jane founder’s, known as Jenny. The actress has been nominated for Academy Awards for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” “My Week With Marilyn,” and “Manchester by the Sea.” She recently
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Gary Cole, Kathy Baker Join Milo Ventimiglia Drama ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’

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Gary Cole, Kathy Baker Join Milo Ventimiglia Drama ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’
Gary Cole, Kathy Baker, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong have joined Milo Ventimiglia’s drama “The Art of Racing in the Rain” for Fox 2000.

The movie has begun principal photography in Vancouver. The project is based on Garth Stein’s best-selling novel of the same name, narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo who has insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life.

Ventimiglia will portray the dog’s owner, an aspiring Formula One race car driver. Amanda Seyfried will portray his spouse. Enzo is voiced by Kevin Costner.

The film is directed by Simon Curtis and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Patrick Dempsey, and Tania Landau. Donald J. Lee and Joannie Burstein are executive producers. The screenplay is by Mark Bomback (“War for the Planet of the Apes”).

Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler said,
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

SEEWho is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine
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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Michelle Williams movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
Michelle Williams has always gone her own way. The Montana-born actress was legally emancipated from her parents at age 15 so that she could better pursue her acting career and pursue it she did. By age 18, she was starring in the popular TV drama “Dawson’s Creek,” in which she played Meg, a loose big-city teen who relocates to small-town life. In her time away from the TV series, she acted in many small independent films, none of which connected until 2003, when one finally did — Tom McCarthy‘s “The Station Agent,” in which she played a small-town librarian who becomes close to a socially-withdrawn dwarf (Peter Dinklage). That performance earned Williams her first SAG Awards nomination for Best Ensemble.

From there Williams’ film career took off with powerful performances in such films as “Brokeback Mountain” (2005), “Blue Valentine” (2010), “My Week with Marilyn” (2011) and “Manchester By the Sea’ (2016), earning her four Oscar nominations to date,
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Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]

Who is most overdue for an Oscar in 2019: Annette Bening, Michelle Williams, Christopher Nolan … ? [Poll]
The past few years have seen various frequent Oscar losers finally winning their award, from Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) to Leonardo DiCaprio (“The Revenant”‘) to sound mixer Kevin O’Connell (“Hacksaw Ridge”) to cinematographer Roger Deakins (“Blade Runner 2049”). With another Oscar season come and gone, the great campaign to get other overdue artists their Oscar begins now. From actresses like Glenn Close and Amy Adams to technical masters like composer Thomas Newman and songwriter Diane Warren, there is always someone out there who many people believe is deserving of the elusive Oscar after multiple losses.

A great number of these overdue Oscar nominees have projects coming out in 2018 that could net them their first win. Here are 10 artists that could finally get lucky at next year’s Oscars.

SEEBest Picture winners sweeping the Oscars may officially be over

Annette Bening – 4 nominations

Bening’s Oscar nominated performances have been as diverse as her career,
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Emma Watson In "Vogue"

Take a look at new images of actress Emma Watson in the March 2018 issue of "Vogue Australia", wearing Stella McCartney, Jil Sander, Rosie Assoulin and Gabriela Hearst, photographed by Peter Lindbergh:

Watson rose to prominence playing 'Hermione Granger' in the "Harry Potter" film series, starting at the age of nine and appearing in all eight "Harry Potter" movies, earning several awards.

She made her modelling debut for "Burberry's" autumn/winter campaign (2009), with subsequent film credits including "Ballet Shoes" (2007), "The Tale of Despereaux" (2008), "My Week with Marilyn"(2011) and "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012).

Other notable features include "This Is the End" (2013), "The Bling Ring" (2013), "Noah" (2014), "The Circle"...

..."Regression", "Colonia", "The Vicar of Dibley" and "Beauty and the Beast".

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Emma Watson...
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'Loving Vincent' producer plots biopic of champion boxer Glenn McCrory (exclusive)

McCrory is a former a cruiserweight boxing champion.

Ivan Mactaggart, Oscar-nominated this year for his feature animation Loving Vincent, is teaming with Tracey Adam (The Truth About Love) and theatre producer Karl Sydow (Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage) on a biopic about former cruiserweight boxing champion Glenn McCrory.

Carrying David will tell the story of McCrory and his adopted brother David, who despite his muscular dystrophy coached his sibling to boxing greatness in a deprived area in the north-east of England during the Thatcher era.

Chris Hill (Bachelor Games, Skins) has penned the screenplay. The project has early
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Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep admits ‘I’ll never be up here again! after winning 3rd Oscar [Watch]

Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep admits ‘I’ll never be up here again! after winning 3rd Oscar [Watch]
After her two early Oscar wins for “Kramer vs Kramer” (1979) and “Sophie’s Choice” (1982), Meryl Streep went through the next three decades earning a record-shattering 17 Academy Awards nominations by 2011. There was never any doubt that Streep would join the elite group of actors who’ve won three or more Academy Awards, but for which performance would it be?

See Oscars flashback: Meryl Streep exclaims ‘Holy mackerel’ winning her 1st Oscar for ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ [Watch]

That answer came with her third Oscar win as it finally arrived 29 years after her second for her transformative performance as British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in director Phyllida Lloyd’s “The Iron Lady.” Watch the video above as she receives the award from Colin Firth and admits to the audience, “I’ll never be up here again!”

Though the film itself was not a huge critical or commercial hit, Streep received unanimous praise for her performance.
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Harvey Weinstein: British Documentary Reveals New Details Behind Settlement Deal That Could Have Stopped Him Years Ago

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Harvey Weinstein: British Documentary Reveals New Details Behind Settlement Deal That Could Have Stopped Him Years Ago
Even after months of stories chronicling allegations of sexual assault by Harvey Weinstein, there’s still more to be told. A new Channel 4 documentary, which premiered Tuesday in the U.K., has revealed a few more alleged instances of brutal behavior by the once-powerful producer — as well as the deal that theoretically could have led to real change years ago when he was still in charge at Miramax, had its terms been followed.

“Working With Weinstein” is themed around the fact that Weinstein’s career was built in England, making British films while also tormenting his British colleagues. The focus is primarily on producer Zelda Perkins, who for years was unable to tell her stories — but has been given a voice by the documentary. (Weinstein only appears in B-roll and photographs, but the final segment includes a statement denying the documentary’s allegations.)

“Working With Weinstein” contains many stories,
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Meryl Streep in ‘The Iron Lady’: A look back at her third Oscar win and the competition

Meryl Streep in ‘The Iron Lady’: A look back at her third Oscar win and the competition
This article marks Part 17 of the 21-part Gold Derby series Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1979, while Meryl Streep was barnstorming cinemas with an exemplary trio of motion pictures (“Kramer vs. Kramer,” “Manhattan” and “The Seduction of Joe Tynan”), a glass ceiling was shattered across the pond with the election of Margaret Thatcher to the position of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

The first woman to hold this office, Thatcher, leader of the country’s Conservative Party, would go on to serve three terms as Prime Minister. Her polarizing tenure was marked by the deregulation of the nation’s financial sector; reduction in the power and influence of unions; and victory in the Falklands War, waged
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UK producer David Parfitt accuses Harvey Weinstein of assault

My Week With Marilyn producer makes claims in new Channel 4 documentary.

In a new Channel 4 documentary, British producer David Parfitt has accused disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of assaulting him.

According to the BBC, Parfitt claims Weinstein attacked him during the production of My Week With Marilyn after he was unhappy with a positive test screening reaction to the film.

“He pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff. It was very scary,” said Parfitt in the film, which airs 10pm on Channel 4.

“He was just furious the film in our version worked. [Weinstein] “decided there wasn’t enough of Marilyn in the film and that he wanted more Marilyn.”

A spokesman for Weinstein told the BBC: “Mr Parfitt and Mr Weinstein had creative differences on the film, any conflict between them was solely over their different visions for the film… while Mr Weinstein has apologised for boorish behaviour in certain situations in the past
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Producer Parfitt accuses Weinstein of assault in C4 doc

My Week With Marilyn producer makes claims in new Channel 4 documentary.

In a new Channel 4 documentary British producer David Parfitt has accused disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein of assaulting.

According to the BBC, Parfitt claims Weinstein attacked him during the production of My Week With Marilyn after he was unhappy with a positive test screening reaction to the film.

“He pinned me up against a Coke machine and threatened all sorts of stuff. It was very scary,” said Parfitt in the film, which airs 10pm on Channel 4.

“He was just furious the film in our version worked. [Weinstein] “decided there wasn’t enough of Marilyn in the film and that he wanted more Marilyn.”

A spokesman for Weinstein told the BBC: “Mr Parfitt and Mr Weinstein had creative differences on the film, any conflict between them was solely over their different visions for the film… while Mr Weinstein has apologised for boorish behaviour in certain situations in the past
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Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth

Oscars flashback: Watch as Christopher Plummer confesses he was rehearsing his acceptance speech since birth
Christopher Plummer had to wait until his eighties to receive any attention from Oscar voters. The long-awaited first nomination for the 2010 film “The Last Station” followed an acclaimed career in “The Sound of Music,” “The Man Who Would Be King,” “Somewhere in Time,” and “The Insider.” Even with the sympathy vote and at his age, he wouldn’t win that night, losing to Christoph Waltz in Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglorious Basterds” for Best Supporting Actor.

SEEOscar Best Supporting Actor Gallery: Every Winner in Academy Award History

However, two years later, Plummer was offered the plum role of Hal in the indie dramedy Beginners starring Ewan McGregor. It was that role that did bring Plummer his first (and only, so far) Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He played an elderly man dying of cancer who reveals to his son that he is gay with a young male lover.

At 82 Plummer
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Culture Dump #20: 5 Actors who Really want to win an Oscar!

The 90th Academy Awards is just a few months away – and you can tell. The industry has stepped up its game by firing out its best and brightest titles in the hopes of bagging gold – but who’ll come out on top? While Oscar predictions can often be hit and miss, some stars wear their intentions very much on their sleeve when it comes to Academy approval. People like…

Joaquin Phoenix

When actors pick roles the old saying goes: one for them, one for you. Unless you’re Joaquin Phoenix. The Gladiator star seems to have dedicated his entire career to fully immersing himself in characters most likely to land him on the Best Actor shortlist. While he may have only been nominated thrice (Gladiator in 2001, Walk The Line in 2006 and The Master in 2013), you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s happened more, having starred in look-at-me awards fodder Her,
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Sky Original Production ‘Living The Dream’ Set For A Second Series

Sky’s Living The Dream is to get a second season. The first season, which is still airing on Sky One in the UK, has proved to be a hit with viewers, so filming on a follow-up has been scheduled to start in spring 2018.

In the second instalment of the comedy drama from the makers of Cold Feet, stars Philip Glenister (Outcast, Mad Dogs) and Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey, Paranoid) once again play Mal and Jen Pemberton, who with their teenage kids Tina (Rosie Day) and Freddie (Brenock O’Connor) have left Britain behind in pursuit of the American dream.

The first episode of Living the Dream attracted an audience of 830,000, making it the biggest launch of a comedy-drama on Sky One since 2012. The six-part series, currently airing on Thursday nights at 9pm, as well as on Catch Up TV, follows the Pembertons as they decide to leave rainy England
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